As we all know, there are verbs in French that are conjugated with avoir and être. Most verbs are conjugated with avoir, but there are a select few verbs that get conjugated with être, and for some it’s difficult to remember which ones get conjugated with être. These verbs are motion verbs, with the exception of the verbs “marcher” (to walk), and “quitter” (to leave/abandon).
If anyone reading this has ever taken a formal French class, you may have heard your professor speak of the acronym to help you remember which verbs get conjugated with être; this acronym is DR MRS VANDERTRAMP. If you’ve never heard of this, then here it is!
Devenir – to become
Revenir – to return/come back
Monter – to climb/go up/ascend
Rentrer – to return/re-enter/go home/go back
Sortir – to go out/go/leave/exit
Venir – to come/come along
Arriver – to arrive/turn up/show up
Naître – to be born/arise
Descendre – to descend/go down/move down/dismount
Entrer – to enter/go in/come in
Retourner – to return/go back/come back
Tomber – to fall/tumble/topple
Rester – to stay/remain
Aller – to go
Mourir – to die/pass away/perish
Partir – to leave/depart/head out/take off
Last post of the year! I wish you all the best as we all wrap up 2016. I will see you all in the new year with new weekly posts!
A la prochaine !